Michigan News

AP Sources: Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to lead Uber

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber’s top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company. Uber’s fractured eight-member board ...

Man exonerated after 25 years seeks millions from Detroit

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit man who served 25 years in prison for murder based on sham evidence has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million, saying police deliberately framed him by switching bullets to win a conviction. Desmond Ricks, 51, was released from ...

Mail by pail is name of game for Detroit’s floating ZIP code

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ABOARD THE J.W. WESTCOTT II — The U.S. has tens of thousands of ZIP codes. Only one of them floats. The J.W. Westcott II — ZIP code 48222 — delivers mail to passing freighters, serving as a link with land for the sailors who work the region’s ...

Elderly bar owner avoids jail

BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — An 84-year-old northern Michigan bar owner convicted of resisting arrest during a traffic stop by Michigan State Police that left him injured has avoided jail time. A judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Sevenski to time served along with $1,800 in fines and costs. He ...

Man acquitted in assault

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who was grabbed by the throat by a police officer during an arrest in southwestern Michigan has been acquitted of attempting to resist or obstruct police. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports 20-year-old Diante Churchwell was found not guilty of the misdemeanor charge ...

Sewage enters trench used to repair Detroit-area sinkhole

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — Officials say about 1.5 million gallons of sewage flowed into a trench used to repair a sewer line that collapsed and created a sinkhole north of Detroit. The Macomb County Public Works Office says no one was in the trench at the time of the incident overnight Monday. ...

Flags lowered to honor Ehlers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff today on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of late former U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers. A service in Ehlers’ honor will be at 3 p.m. today at Eastern Avenue ...

Charges filed in chief’s death

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been charged with reckless driving in the death of a fire chief who was hit while responding to a crash in southwestern Michigan. Brandon Clevenger of Springfield was charged Tuesday with reckless driving causing death. The Kalamazoo ...

Police: Remains in sunken car may be missing Michigan man

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan believe humans remains found in car at the bottom of a pond belong to someone who went missing decades ago. Buena Vista Township Detective Sgt. Greg Klecker said the remains are likely those of Julius “Pete” Colwye, 62, who was last ...

Ex-state lawmaker wins appeal

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court won’t stop a former state lawmaker from seeking a seat on the Detroit City Council. Virgil Smith had agreed not to seek elective office for five years when he pleaded guilty to shooting at his ex-wife’s car. But that part of the deal was thrown ...

Shelby Township Clerk Grot vying for secretary of state

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING— Republican Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot launched his campaign for secretary of state on Tuesday, proposing a “voter integrity” plan with a strict photo ID requirement and other components he said would eradicate suspicions of fraud. “I’m ...

Candidate’s Twitter hacked?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State Police is investigating after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lena Epstein said someone hacked her campaign’s Twitter account last week and “liked” posts from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Epstein, who is Jewish, has said any ...

Ex-militia member convicted

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Serbian militia member charged with killing a Bosnian Muslim couple in 1994 faces up to 10 years in prison and losing his U.S. citizenship after lying to obtain it. They say 57-year-old Alexander Kneginich of Crown Point, Indiana, ...

Trench rescue successful

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Emergency crews have rescued two men who were buried in dirt up to their hips after a trench collapsed at a residential construction site in suburban Detroit. Chesterfield Township Police Chief Bradley Kersten says the two men apparently were digging a ...

Human trafficking discussed

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Human trafficking and sexual assault are among the topics scheduled to be discussed at the next meeting of the Michigan Women’s Commission . The public meeting takes place this afternoon at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center in Frankenmuth. Other planned ...

Kalamazoo creates foundation

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo, Michigan City Commission has voted to create a foundation to replace a portion of its budget, retain a cut to its property tax and fund programs addressing poverty. The commission voted 5-2 in favor of documents outlining how the nonprofit “Kalamazoo ...

AP Sources: GE’s Immelt among finalists in Uber CEO search

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — Former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt is among the finalists being considered to run ride-hailing company Uber, but there’s no clear consensus among its board about a front-runner, two people briefed on the search said Monday. The people, who ...

Detroit creates protected bike lanes

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is creating new “protected” bike lanes in an effort to ensure safer cycling. The green and white lanes are deemed protected because they have a separation between bike and parking lanes. Detroit has more than 200 miles of bike lanes, but only nine miles of the ...

CMU recovering from flooding

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Flooding in central Michigan that caused more than $100 million in property damage earlier this summer has affected about one-third of Central Michigan University’s nearly 130 facilities. The university is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the ...

MSU police officer recovering from a severe brain injury

By RJ WOLCOTT Lansing State Journal AP Member Exchange MASON, Mich. — Maureen Kennedy once pulled a man from a burning car, dragging the disoriented driver to safety minutes before the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The detective sergeant with the Michigan State University Police ...